Ashley Gripper

Ashley Gripper

Ashley is a born and raised Philly jawn. Her food and land work focuses on Black folks’ connection and re-connection to the Creator, to our ancestors, to each other, and to the land. She is a farmer-in-training at Sankofa Community Farm, a spiritually-rooted intergenerational farm uplifting people and cultures of the African diaspora, and the founder of Land Based Jawns. Ashley is also a member of Soil Generation and is currently working with them to design Philly’s first Urban Agriculture Plan. 

In her academic work, Ashley studies environmental health. Her research looks at the impact of urban agriculture on mental health, spirituality, and collective agency for Black people, and is supported by the Health Policy Research Scholars program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ashley is joining FPAC with the hope of shaping, developing, and implementing policy that increases access to land, nutritious food, and resources for the city’s Black growers and BIPOC residents.